NTSB to investigate Las Vegas crash involving driverless bus

Report Self Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas			AFP		by Charlie Nash9 Nov 20170		9 Nov 2017		9 Nov 2017

It's been a mixed week for self-driving vehicles, after an autonomous bus in Las Vegas collided with a truck just two hours after it hit the streets. The driver was trying to back his trailer into an alleyway on the left.

Police in Las Vegas have said the driver of the semi-truck was cited for illegal backing.

NTSB is investigating the crash with hopes of learning more about "how self-driving vehicles interact with their environment and the other human-driven vehicles around them", the spokesman said. "Truck making delivery backed into shuttle, which was stopped", Mike Blasky said on Twitter. AAA partnered with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Keolis North America (Keolis), which will operate and maintain the NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle.

"Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has, the accident would have been avoided", the city statement said.

No one was hurt in the 8-seater vehicle and the collision was blamed on the other - human - driver, but it was an inauspicious start to a year-long pilot held to probe the public's wariness of self-driving cars.

"Automated shuttles have the ability to reduce operational expenditures by lowering per mile costs, reducing labor expenditures, and offering a variety of flexible and on-demand public transportation services when paired with advanced algorithms and smartphone apps", Susan Shaheen, a civil engineer who studies mobility innovation at UC Berkeley, told Wired. "Obviously that doesn't work".


Digitaltrends.com reporter Jeff Zurschmeide was on board the van during the incident and described it in a Thursday web post.

"We had about 20 feet of empty street behind us (I looked) and most human drivers would have thrown the vehicle into reverse and used some of that space to get away from the truck". "Or at least leaned on the horn and made our presence harder to miss". "The shuttle didn't have those responses in its programme".

Within a day, it had gotten into its first accident.

The crash happened at low speed, and none of the eight passengers aboard the driver-less vehicle suffered injuries, and neither did the truck driver responsible for the collision. "Unfortunately, the human element, the driver of the truck, didn't stop". In September, the board recommended that auto safety regulators and automakers take steps to ensure that semi-autonomous systems were not misused.

The NTSB in recent years has focused on the potential safety benefits and risks posed by automation in a variety of transportation modes, from aviation to railroads.

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